Glossary of Ingredients
7 Co2 Extracts
In addition to their emotionally restorative benefits, these seven whole-spectrum, cold-pressed Co2 extracts are the cleanest of their kind. They contain no heavy metals and are rich in flavonoids, enzymes and other life-force nutrients essential for cell regeneration and renewal.
Soothing aloe vera is not only deeply moisturizing, but anti-inflammatory as well. Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis indicate general inflammation and a compromised skin barrier — both of which can be relieved with aloe vera. Aloe vera contains many B vitamins, minerals and enzymes which strengthen cells and are beneficial for the skin.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid is a highly potent antioxidant that helps shrink the appearance of pores and brighten skin tone to impart a youthful, radiant glow.
Apricot Kernel Oil
Hydrating and brightening apricot kernel oil contains healthy nutrients to deeply nourish skin and mitigate the appearance of skin irregularities. Vitamin A, known to some as a retinoid, hits the refresh button on your skin’s metabolism and promotes cell regeneration to counter visible signs of aging.
Nourishing argan oil is filled with omega fatty acids, vitamin E and linoleic acids which work to lightly moisturize your skin, soften dry patches and even reduce acne.
Arnica hydrosol has a grounding and calming effect emotionally and energetically, making it a helpful support during periods of situational anxiety and depression. When applied topically, the anti-inflammatory properties help reduce skin irritation and mend epidermal imperfections.
Astaxanthin — a potent antioxidant found in Hawaiian red algae — has been shown to reduce the formation of pigmentation resulting from stress and age, that can lead to dark spots and uneven skin tone. Combined with a high-concentration of red raspberry seed oil, it also offers broad-spectrum UV protection.
Australian Sandalwood differs from Indian in that it contains Alpha-bisabolol, an antibacterial, antioxidant antiseptic and anti-inflammatory compound. Sandalwood oil is ideal for treating red, inflamed and acne-prone skin. The powerful emollient also hydrates to combat visible signs of aging and create a protective barrier between your skin and environmental aggressors.
In addition to high levels of vitamin E, avocado contains potassium, lecithin and other vital nutrients that are easily absorbed by your skin’s outermost layer — the epidermis — to nourish and moisturize. B-carotene and linoleic acid hydrate your skin from within.
Bamboo extract contains over 70% natural silica which fortifies and strengthens the epidermal barrier to restore skin’s resilience. A stronger barrier allows skin to effectively combat acne-causing bacteria. It also contains many amino acids and flavonoids that protect skin from environmental damage and assists in skin regeneration.
Baobab Seed Oil
Highly emollient and wonderful for dry skin, this nutrient-dense oil comes from the seed of the Baobab Tree’s fruits. The Baobab Tree is native to Africa and a highly valued source of food, water, medicine, and clothing. Sometimes called the Tree of Life, this special plant can live for well over 1500 years. This oil contains numerous vitamins (A, C,E,D and K) plus nourishing fatty acids including omegas 3, 6, and 9. It supports elasticity, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, supports cell renewal to rehydrate and restore supple, radiant skin.
Black Currant Oil
Black currant oil contains up to 15% GLA, a skin-soothing emollient and potent antioxidant that effectively hydrates and improves skin elasticity, reduces wrinkles, dryness and fine lines.
Blue Tansy Essential Oil
During the steam distillation process of creating this essential oil, the highly anti-inflammatory hydrocarbon called chamazulene is created. This gives this ingredient its unique and distinctive inky blue color. Chamazulene has long been used as a solution for reactive and inflamed skin conditions. Blue Tansy is known to help with acne, dermatitis, itchy skin, and repairing skin damage. Its warm and herbaceous scent is analgesic to soothe headaches and calm nerves.
When it comes to soothing and repairing skin, calendula flower’s vibrant orange and gold blooms are top of the line. A trusted medicinal botanical for centuries, calendula has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. The antimicrobial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory composition soothes and helps visibly improve skin for a smooth, radiant and dewy result.
Cape Chamomile Essential Oil
An exceptional essential oil from South Africa. During steam distillation of this plant, a blue azulene is created giving this oil a profoundly calming effect on nerves and skin. Its unique scent profile is fruity rather than herbaceous. Cape chamomile is effective for treating rosacea, psoriasis and adds therapeutic benefit to general skin care. It soothes and supports your nervous system, providing critical emotional and energetic reinforcement. This stress-relieving essential oil helps alleviate feelings of anger and frustration during both times of situational anxiety and depression, as well as everyday strain.
Far richer in vitamin E and fatty acids than other plant oils, castor oil is an especially effective replenisher for dehydrated skin, lips and hair. It absorbs deep into the epidermal layers and helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which soften and hydrate skin.
Cherry Kernel Oil
Due to the high content of antioxidants and vitamin A, this natural stable emollient deeply moisturizes dry skin and refines pores. It also contains oleic and linolenic acid which prevent UV absorption by forming a barrier on the surface of the skin to shield it from sun damage and premature aging.
An excellent astringent, cistus hydrosol is a highly effective skin toning ingredient. Used right after cleansing, it works to firm skin, minimize pores and mitigate excess oil production. Also called Rock Rose, it is a powerful anti-wrinkle treatment. It seems to exhibit microcluster behavior in the way it plumps cells and smoothes fine lines.
The high fat content in cocoa butter forms a protective barrier over your skin to lock in moisture for superior hydration, and silky smooth results.
Naturally high in vitamin C, copper and natural fatty acids, coconut milk is not only great at moisturizing but also helps maintain skin elasticity to prevent signs of visible aging like fine lines and age spots.
This plant-based powerhouse contains a multitude of antioxidants (particularly vitamin E) that work to protect skin from free radical damage. Antimicrobial lauric acid fights acne-causing bacteria.
This revolutionary ingredient stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which helps effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Cold-pressed Carrot Seed Oil
Derived from the dried seeds of the Daucus carota botanical, carrot seed oil is widely used in aromatherapy to stimulate circulation to the brain plus nerve and liver function. The warm, earthy scent has a grounding effect that diminishes feelings of anxiety and stress. Carotol, a dominant terpene in the oil, addresses skin imbalances. Used topically, it also repairs epidermal damage, softens wrinkles and tightens skin.
Cranberry Seed Oil
Antioxidant-rich cranberry seed oil contains an ideal ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids, which allows it to absorb easily while also targeting visible signs of ageing through intense moisturization.
Cucumbers contain flavonoids and antioxidants that decrease swelling and irritation. They also offer a cooling effect that shrinks dilated blood vessels, reducing the appearance of puffy eyes.
Grown in Oregon, this exceptional emollient oil gives superior slip to skin and is composed of a unique mixture of fatty acids that offer easily absorbed, lightweight moisture to skin.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil soothes and moisturizes while enhancing elasticity leaving you with a radiant, rejuvenated complexion. Filled with nourishing fatty acids, it also contributes to overall skin health by decreasing inflammation and skin imperfections like eczema and acne.
A ceremonial staple in Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and spiritual communities worldwide, Frankincense has been perfecting skin for centuries. Its natural astringent properties regulate oil production, strengthen skin, and improve uneven tone.
Working as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent, geranium essential oil is reputed to eliminate dead cells while promoting the regeneration of new skin to diminish signs of visible aging.
Brightening grapefruit is ultra-rich in beta carotene, an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in the body to imbue dull, dehydrated complexions with a radiant glow. It also reduces redness and inflammation, helping to even and smooth skin tone.
Potent polyphenols found in green tea offer powerful antioxidant and anti-aging properties that soothe and improve the appearance of hyperpigmented and uneven skin tone when applied topically. EGCG, a potent antioxidant unique to Green Tea offers topical protection from UV rays and DNA damage. A study done by Dr. Stephen Hsu, a cell biologist in the Medical College of Georgia Department of Oral Biology, found that green tea promotes skin-cell regeneration and can reactivate damaged skin cells.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum is the Latin name for a flowering botanical meaning “immortal” or “everlasting” and is known for its emotionally healing properties in regard to burnout or mental exhaustion. Aside from its benefits to skin, including reducing the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles, we include this essential oil because of its ability to promote vitality from within.
Hemp Seed Oil
This powerful anti-inflammatory oil also promotes skin renewal. Hemp seeds contain a unique essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) prized for its anti-aging benefits and ability to calm sensitivity. It moisturizes without clogging pores as well as balances and hydrates. A perfect ingredient for overall skin health.
Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine essential oil lifts your spirits and enhances your mood, for an aromatherapeutic experience that benefits both physical and mental wellbeing.
Soothing lavender, sourced from the valleys of Kashmir, promotes relaxation and calms nerves while inhibiting the growth bacteria and regulating the excretion of sebum to reduce acne and scarring. Kashmir Lavender contains more of the appealing and powdery scent compound of Linalyl acetate than Lavender from other regions. It is therefore considered to be a good choice for daily use of Aromatherapy.
Balancing lavender hydrosol intuits and adapts to the needs of your body, which is why it can be both soothing and uplifting. Due to its antiseptic and antibacterial makeup, lavender hydrosol continuously cleans and refreshes the complexion over the course of the day.
In addition to its uplifting aromatherapeutic effects, lavender hydrosol has naturally antiseptic and antibacterial properties that clean and refresh skin. Lavender water contains soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that hydrate skin and calm the senses.
Lavender Tea Tree Oil
Lavender tea tree oil (aka Rosalina) brings together the benefits of regular tea tree and lavender essential oil. In addition to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial uses, it has a relaxing and calming scent reminiscent of lavender. It is also good for sensitive skin as it soothes redness and irritation.
Lemon Tea Tree Oil
Lemon tea tree oil works wonderfully well in skincare given its highly antibacterial and antimicrobial actions plus its refreshing aroma. It has been found to be effective in treating acne and for keeping skin exceptionally clean.
Licorice Root Extract
A powerful brightening agent, licorice root addresses uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation by hindering melanin and free-radical production. It also treats skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis thanks to glycyrrhizin, an anti-inflammatory acid that relieves redness and irritation for inflamed skin. Licochalcone fortifies your skin’s defenses against UV damage.
Also known as common lime, the flowers, leaves, and bark of the linden tree have long been recognized for their medicinal value. This hydrosol works to detoxify and decongest skin, and soothe frazzled nerves to reduce tension carried physically and emotionally. It has been found useful to apply to dry eczema and itchy eruptions. It is mildly anti-inflammatory and is revitalizing to skin.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil
Thanks to exceptional moisturizing and rejuvenating powers, this unsung hero of natural skincare helps reinforce your skin’s natural barrier, lock in moisture and deliver nutrients deep into your epidermis.
MSM, an organic sulfur compound, plays a critical role in the body’s ability to produce collagen and support the building of keratin. When used in tandem with proper cleansing, gentle exfoliation and regular moisturizing topical MSM can make a dramatic impact on the appearance of skin. It helps smooth and tighten for reduced puffiness and fewer wrinkles so your complexion appears youthful without the need for invasive treatments. Our MSM is a local ingredient from Vancouver, WA.
Squalane is one of the many natural lipids your body produces to lubricate and protect skin, and is estimated to make up about 10 to 12 percent of your skin’s oil. Olives have this same lipids, which when applied topically act as highly-effective emollients and antioxidants. Their fantastic moisturizing properties intensely hydrate, help prevent fine lines, and ease dry patches.
Orange blossom hydrosol is steam distilled from the blooming white flowers of the bitter orange tree. Orange blossom hydrosol is a wonderful treatment for sensitive and oily skin because it is so astringent and can help clear acne and other irritations. Its sweet floral fragrance has aromatherapeutic benefits in that it uplifts one’s mood and dispels negative thoughts and feelings.
Organic Cane Sugar
As well as being an excellent exfoliant, finely ground organic sugar’s glycolic- and alpha-hydroxy acid contents balance skin’s natural equilibrium, preventing it from becoming too dry or too oily and leaving you with a naturally radiant glow. Sugar is more antibacterial than salt and does not cause micro tears in skin. Because of its hydrophillic composition, sugar holds onto water, assisting skin to maintain hydration.
Our responsibly sourced pearl powder contains an abundance of amino acids, the building blocks of protein that stimulate collagen production, promote cellular repair and protect skin from pollution and environmental stressors. Perhaps even more importantly, it contains at least thirty trace minerals, along with calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, silica and selenium which soothe redness and create glowing, youthful skin.
Perilla Seed Oil
This unique oil contains impressive levels of essential fatty acids, which not only soothe and calm sensitive skin, but protect against environmental stressors. In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, perilla contains essential amino acids and vitamins which nourish skin and have shown to have a positive action on maintaining and regenerating cell membranes.
Pomegranates are an excellent source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants like flavonoids and proanthocyanidins. These vital nutrients allow skin to banish issues such as wrinkles, blemishes and inflammation.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Vitamin E, zinc, omega 3- and 6- fatty acids as well as antioxidants aid in moisture retention, fighting free radicals and maintaining a youthful appearance. Pumpkin seed oil’s high levels of zinc and vitamin E help improve skin tone, combat acne and promote cell regeneration.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil
A locally-sourced, veritable antioxidant powerhouse, raspberry seed oil is packed with vitamins A and E which encourage healthy cell regeneration, fight inflammation and replenish collagen levels. This multitasking oil also absorbs UVB and UVA sun rays to help shield skin from harmful rays, while phytosterols help skin retain moisture for superior hydration. Essential fatty acids like alpha linoleic acid fight oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. We use a local source of this amazing oil from Vashon Island, WA.
Reishi Mushroom Extract
Reishi — a staple in traditional Chinese medicine — translates to “spiritual potency,” and is known as the herb of immortality because of its deeply restorative powers. These powers are due to the high polysaccharide content, the carbohydrate responsible for skin’s ability to retain water and that is also imperative for skin repair and renewal. Reishi mushroom extract offers additional skin benefits including reducing inflammation, puffiness, wrinkles and free radical damage, while also promoting cell regeneration
Rose Essential Oil
The oil derived from roses’ fragrant petals are known to alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety. When applied topically, rose essential oil hydrates dry skin, clears acne and reduces signs of aging.
Responsible for regulating and balancing sebum production and PH levels, rose hydrosol is uniquely adept at treating both dry and oily skin. Its antibacterial properties help treat acne by gently eradicating blemish-causing bacteria.
Rosehip Seed Oil
This potent pressed seed oil has been heralded since ancient times for its exceptional healing and regenerative properties. High concentrations of vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C and K brighten and even skin tone, regenerate and heal, help with anti-aging, promote elasticity and collagen production.
When applied topically, rosemary helps lighten dark spots and blemishes for a visibly brighter, more even complexion. Anti-inflammatory properties soothe skin, reducing swelling and puffiness. OHA uses a specific type of rosemary called verbenon that was chosen because of its therapeutic effects of cell regeneration to reduce scars and wrinkles.
This anti-inflammatory superfood is rich in antioxidants that protect skin from free radicals that cause skin damage, and soothing to skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and acne. It assists in skin repair and regeneration.
Featuring a spectrum of nourishing oceanic vitamins and minerals, seaweed extract soothes, softens and balances your complexion. Due to the similarity between seaweed cells and skin cells, it is highly effective in protecting and maintaining your skin’s natural balance, defending against irritation, inflammation and redness.
High concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make shea butter a deeply nourishing skincare ingredient. The rich tree-nut oils found in shea butter easily absorb into your skin, creating a smooth barrier that seals in moisture for hours.
A great source of vitamin E, sunflower oil is incredibly rich in nutrients and antioxidants and effective for combating skin concerns like acne, inflammation and redness. Emollient properties penetrate deep into pores to help skin retain moisture.
Tamanu oil, or Calophyllum inophyllum, is derived from the Tamanu tree indigenous to tropical Southeast Asia. Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, this oil is particularly well-suited to treating acne and skin imperfections. A high concentration of moisturizing omega fatty acids hydrates skin and promotes new, healthy cell growth.
Tamarind Seed Extract
Tamarind seed has been found to outperform hyaluronic acid in skin moisturization, smoothing fine lines and plump skin. It boosts skin elasticity, and provides lasting hydration thanks to its high concentration of alpha hydroxy acids, sugar enzymes and collagen fibers.
Tea Tree Oils
Our tri-blend of tea tree oils — lavender, lemon and regular — was always special to us, but in light of the devastating Australian fires it has become even more precious.
Our trace mineral mixture is specially sourced from the Great Salt Lake in Utah and contains over fifty minerals that naturally contribute to luminous, healthy glowing skin. Zinc stimulates collagen production, regeneration and cellular repair to help visibly repair signs of visible aging. Calcium protects collagen production while magnesium aids chronic skin problems, as well as hydrates and detoxifies. Copper supports increased production of elastin and collagen, oxygenates skin and helps to retain moisture. Sodium is exfoliating, antibacterial and increases circulation to impart a radiant glow.
This sunset-yellow spice has been long-used in Indian beauty practices because of its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Curcumin, the main active compound in turmeric, contains anti-inflammatory enzymes that stimulate the growth of healthy skin cells while inhibiting that of uncomfortable psoriasis patches.
Vanilla Leaf Flower Essence
Flower essences are a type of homeopathic preparation that contain no essential oils or aromatic compounds. The plant is placed in spring water for many hours, whereby its subtle energies (or essence) are released into the water. This energetic imprint is then absorbed by the skin to balance the mind and soothe the nerves for a self-care ritual that tends to both your external and internal wellbeing. Our skin line seeks to address emotional health as well as skin functions, because emotions play a critical role in how our skin behaves. Vanilla leaf flower essence is featured in almost every product because it is linked to groundedness, self-esteem/self-acceptance and desire to reach our full potential by knowing our worthiness. Vanilla leaf is an herb of the Pacific Northwest. Once the plant’s leaves have been dried, it smells and tastes like vanilla, hence the name.
This important antioxidant fortifies skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure, air pollution and other environmental stressors. Vitamin C also inhibits melanin production, which helps address hyperpigmentation, even skin tone and enhance radiance.
Vitamin E (Tocotrienol & Tocopherol)
Vitamin E’s primary skincare benefit is that it maintains the lipid barrier of skin, which ensures continuous healthy hydration and neutralizes the impact of harmful free radicals. Tocopherols and tocotrienols are members of the vitamin E family that when combined offer maximum antioxidant benefits for skin protection, health and anti-aging benefits. Tocopherols are structurally different from tocotrienols and more commonly found in natural oil ingredients. Our tocopherol (extracted from non-GMO sunflower seeds) protects from UV damage, pollution and helps restore skin’s lipid barrier and prevent hyperpigmentation. Tocotrienol (extracted from sustainable red palm oil) has been shown to be 40-60 times higher in antioxidant potency than tocopherol. Its topical benefits reverse or slow damage caused by exposure to free radicals, restore the lipid barrier to prevent visible signs of aging and promote a youthful appearance.
Vitamins C & E
Vitamins C & E are antioxidants, meaning they fortify skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure, air pollution and other environmental stressors. Vitamin C also inhibits melanin production, which helps address hyperpigmentation, even skin tone and enhance radiance. The Mayo Clinic conducted a study proving that topical Vitamin C enhances the quality and synthesis of collagen in skin to keep it plump and supple. The greatest effect of vitamin C is seen when it is combined with other micro-nutrients, such as vitamin E.